Description

Smaller and duller than the more common Emperor Dragonfly.

Dull abdomen with a black line running up the centre and blue coloration near the top.

Male: waisted abdomen; black line marking doesn’t reach the top of the abdomen.

Female: no waist; black line marking runs along the whole abdomen.

 

 

 

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Where to See

Weight1
Latin NameAnax parthenope
Habitat

Breeds in ponds and small lakes and can tolerate brackish water.

Status & Distribution

Rare but currently annual migrant.

First recorded 1996, Gloucestershire; has bred in Cornwall.

Similar Species

The more common Emperor is larger and brighter in coloration.

Vagrant Emperor has brown eyes instead of blue.

 

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 71mm
  • Green eyes.
  • Brown abdomen.
  • Yellow costa (leading wing vein).
  • Dull abdomen with a black line running up the centre and blue coloration near the top.
  • Male: waisted abdomen; black line marking doesn’t reach the top of the abdomen.
  • Female: no waist; black line marking runs along the whole abdomen.
Flight PeriodLesser Emperor
Larval Information

Same body-shape as Hawkers- long and streamlined.

Aeshna have the largest larvae: 45-56mm

Very similar to resident Emperor Dragonfly larvae but rarer; requires expert assistance for identification.

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